Actor and author of The Girl Without A Sound, Buhle Ngaba is one of the influential, body-positive women featured in Marie Claire’s 2018 #DearBody New Naked campaign. Here 15 women got real about their relationships with their bodies. Buhle’s relationship with hers may not have been expressed in many words, but the joy that radiated from it, is worth a thousand words.

In Buhle’s words:

Dear One,

For far too long the black female body has been perceived and treated as a site for pain. I am so thankful that our body is a place full of hope, ambition, determination and joy! I’m proud of you. Keep moving and shining – beloved, resolute.

All my love,

Buhle

Read the #DearBody letters of all the New Naked 2018 celebrities here. Marie Claire’s 2018 #DearBody #NewNaked issue in partnership with American Swiss is on sale now.